A new food pantry is now open on a weekly basis in support of the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank. Filling a void left behind by the closure of the former pantry at First Presbyterian Church.
The Gathering Place stepped up to provide additional support in helping to feed the hungry.
The Presbyterian Church pantry closed down in September 2012.
Mike Newcombe noted that The Gathering Place completed the mandatory inspection process through the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank last month, and commenced weekly food distribution hours within the last two weeks.
“Following that, we decided we’d like to fill that (void), since Faith Center has been the only one (operating),” Newcombe said.
Newcombe along with Mike Powell are serving as the directors for the newest pantry site. Through donations of food from the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank, private donations and a refrigerator donated by Fred Meyer of Klamath Falls, the pantry started operations.
The pantry received 4,000 pounds of food plus a palette of frozen goods for its initial start-up, Newcombe said.
The Gathering Place’s food pantry will help alleviate some of the pressure off of the other sole operation at the Faith Center church, he noted.
“We hope to roughly split between the two food pantries,” he said.
The new pantry will be open from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Newcombe said, formatted in a self-selection style that allows patrons a choice of food items.